Exercise: Abstract cities – Madrid

Madrid is another city I’ve not visited and know relatively little about so I went to the rough guide again for some info and ideas to start a mind map.

http://www.roughguides.com/destinations/europe/spain/madrid/

Madrid mind map

Madrid mind map

The rough guide mentioned some buildings, government buildings palaces that were tourist attractions but also made a point of saying the real live and soul of Madrid lay in it’s café’s and markets. So I did a little research to find a balance of images of important buildings and markets.

Puerta de Sol

Puerta de Sol

 

Puerta de Sol at night

Puerta de Sol at night

Madrid Plaza

Madrid Plaza

De los austrias

De los austrias

Parque del oeste

Parque del oeste

El Mercado

El Mercado

El Rastro flea market

El Rastro flea market

I wanted to try and created an image that captured some of the building structures, the white stone and the orange/red stone, but also that gave a nod to the cafe culture. Here’s the version’s I came up with:

Madrid v.1

Madrid v.1

I tried to create little umbrella shapes and circles to represent seating spaces to describe a cafe area. I included the row of arches as apparently there’s lots of arched entrances to older parts of the city. I felt like the white buildings in the first version looked a little lost so added some window details and tried to keep the colours subordinate so they didn’t grab too much attention.

Madrid v.2

Madrid v.2

I felt happier having the grey blocks on the white buildings so started to play around with text placement for the name of the city:

Madrid v.3

Madrid v.3

Madrid v.4

Madrid v.4

I think I probably prefer the placement of the text in the second version but there’s something nice about the placement of the text on a building in the centre of the fourth version. Again I find myself wondering if these covers are too un-abstract for their own good?

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